The Northern Star - - SPORT -

IT’S damn an­noy­ing when you’re watch­ing an in­ter­na­tional game and can’t tell who owns which bowl. The tele­vi­sion cov­er­age of the sport from the Com­mon­wealth Games mostly was ad­e­quate but the sim­i­lar­ity of the bowls be­ing used spoilt it. I’ll give an in­stance: Sev­eral play­ers in one game used the same colour bowls. The bowls had a dis­tin­guish­ing sticker but these things can’t be seen from a dis­tance. It’s the colour the viewer goes by. Look away for a mo­ment and you haven’t a clue who holds shot. If the bowls were dif­fer­ent colours you’d be in no doubt. Here’s a sug­ges­tion that won’t win much sup­port. The bowls could be pro­vided, en­sur­ing that all of the team use the same colour, a dif­fer­ent one from the op­po­si­tion. We’re not talk­ing about the small club tour­na­ment here – the sug­ges­tion would be im­prac­ti­cal for it. But in an in­ter­na­tional event as huge as the Com­mon­wealth Games it could eas­ily be adopted. I can see man­u­fac­tur­ers fight­ing to pro­vide the bowls for the ad­ver­tise­ment . I can also hear the com­plaints from com­peti­tors who say they would be us­ing bowls with which they are not fa­mil­iar. But bowlers of in­ter­na­tional abil­ity should have no trou­ble ad­just­ing to a new bowl. It would be a fur­ther test of skill. And isn’t that what in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in our game is all about?

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